Thursday, August 06, 2015

Swamplandia August Selection Inspired by Reading Book Club

                                    

Swamplandia by Karen Russell is the August selection for the Inspired by Reading Book Club.  I read this book when it first came out. I was so engaged by Karen Russel's lyrical prose and lush descriptions of the flora and fauna of the Everglades that the book has remained a favorite of mine. I also found the story of grieving and survival compelling.  The book has been on my mind for some time and a way to capture the book and the setting in jewelry has been as well. So you could say I had a head start on being inspired by this month's selection.
Recently I made a series of toggle clasps inspired by this book and Karen Russel's phrase "A Sawtooth Age."  And since I have begun a series of copper beads on the same theme but they are not far enough along to photograph.
I also blogged about some of  these clasps on ArtBeadScene  Toggle clasps inspired by Swamplandia  and the phrase  "a sawtooth age."  by Karen Russell.

To see what the others made, please check out Andrew Thornton's post for today. And the list of participants below:

8 comments:

  1. These toggles are beautiful. I especially love the ones with wire wrapped all around them.

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  2. Very cool! I love how you've used the wire to create a pattern. It gives the pieces a lot of texture and history. Thank you so much for participating and for recommending the book! I enjoyed the book, but I wish that they had happier endings (and lives).

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  3. These are fantastic, Mary! I would love to see them all strung together as a necklace--I also love the copper and dark green together.

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  4. I think your toggles really evoke the meaning of "sawtooth age." Can't wait to see your beads.

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  5. Wow these are beautiful! I love how the effect is very dimensional, almost feeling of liquid. Great job!

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  6. Marie D'Onofrio8/8/15 01:45

    I love these clasps! Graceful and yet raw.

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  7. such stunning pieces! LOVE them

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  8. These are really cool. I was taken with them when you shared over on ABS. I think my favorites are the ones where the wire goes all the way around too.

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